Linked by weildish on Tue 9th Dec 2008 16:49 UTC
Databases In an almost indiscernible and confusing article filled with various scientific terms that most cringe to hear, it was described how in October of 2008 scientists successfully stored and retrieved data on the nucleus of an atom-- and all for two short lived seconds. With this new type of storage, a traditional bit can now be both zero and one at the same time, but in order to understand just how this is possible, translate the article linked above to plain English. Data integrity returns after two seconds at 90% and storage is obviously impermanent, so there are many kinks to work out before atomic storage actually serves a purpose, but give these scientists a couple of decades, and it's theoretical that we'll one day have nuclear drives the size of USB drives today (or MicroSD cards, or why not even specs of dust?) that can hold hundreds of terabytes-- even pentabytes-- of information.
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JonathanBThompson
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2006-05-26

You should look at how much we rely on DVD's, CD's, and how error-prone all that digital storage is at the low level, and investigate just how it is that we have such reliable long-term digital storage. So, too, hard drives aren't nearly as perfect as you'd like to think: it's not an insurmountable problem to take 10% failure rate and making the end result be 100% (or 99.99999999999%) correct, but it won't be quite as compact as something that doesn't need error detection/correction methods ;)

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